Repairman fixed it the next day, but how was I going to get through the next 24 hours with the internet?
Emergency surgery to repair the cable!
These instructions are illustrated for outdoor repair, but they will work just as well if you
need to repair an indoor cable.
Almost all TV/internet cables are size RG-6, just under 1/4 inch thick (.22 inches in diameter).
This instructable is for repairing a cut RG-6 cable.
Step 1: Tools
Make sure the cable trimmer has an RG-6 setting. You can buy the
cable trimmer at Home Depot or any hardware store that stocks
cable parts and supplies.
Step 2: Supplies
1 6' length of RG-6 cable (with F connectors already attached).
In case F and F-adapter terminology is confusing, it means this:
An F connector has internal threads (and a wire poking out from the center)
to connect to another cable section.
But what if you have 2 F connectors and you want to connect them together?
Then you use an F-adapter, which has external threads on both sides
to attach to the F connectors.
Step 3: Make a clean cut on the cable
From here on out, the steps should be applied to both cable ends.
Step 4: Strip the cable
to expose the little wire right in the middle. Make this cut about 1/4 inch from the end.
Then strip the cable using the RG-6 setting on your cable stripper. This cut should
be made 1/4 inch back from where you exposed the central cable.
Done properly, the black outer insulation will come off, but the wire braid, foil wrapper,
and white insulation will be untouched.
Fold the wire braid back down the cable.
Step 5: Attach twist on connectors
The inner wire should poke through the end of the connector
about 1/8 inch after you are done.
Step 6: Attach F-adapters
Step 7: Attach the 6' cable to each F-adapter
Now go inside and play some games on the internet!
Oh, and don't forget to call the cable company so they can do a permanent fix.